Bureaucracy Round-Up : Evian – it’s a waterfall

Barbosa crop

The summer ‘break’ in football is a time for many things – international tournaments, transfer rumours, ill-advised posts on instagram from your favourite players, confusing pre-season matches against Austrian amateur sides that somehow end up on TV anyway, and – in France at least – admin, which is definitely in the top five national sports. The DNCG (financial overseer of French […]

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RC Strasbourg: On the Road Back to the Big Time

RCS Ligue 2

After six years in the relative wilderness, French football has welcomed one of its biggest names back to the professional fold. Last Friday, thanks to a 0-0 draw away at ASM Belfort, Racing Club de Strasbourg Alsace secured the Championnat National title and with it a return to Ligue 2. It has been a long and winding road back to […]

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DNCG Strike Again As SC Bastia Face Ridiculous Relegation to Ligue 2

SCB fence

While most football sites are currently focussing on the transfer window and various international tournaments going on, French football has another traditional subject to factor in – admin. Every summer, the DNCG (Direction Nationale du Controle de Gestion – responsible for oversight of rules, budgets, etc) gets through a frankly ludicrous amount of bureaucratic to-ing and fro-ing, which can also […]

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Situation Report: Ligue 1, Ligue 2, Championnat National


So – many things sewn up, but many things to play for. Ligue 1 PSG are champions after winning 2-1 at Montpellier – they only needed a point to confirm their third consecutive title but Lyon made that academic by drawing 1-1 at Bordeaux anyway, confirming they will come second. That also means that the race for sixth is over, with […]

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Parisian Duo Head the Way in National Title Race


While Paris Saint-Germain were sticking six goals past Lille OSC – to the delight of one member of the FFW team and the absolute despair of another – at the Parc des Princes on Saturday, in the north of the city, another Parisian team would go two better, outscoring the Ligue 1 leaders on the same day. Championnat National’s Red Star Football […]

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EA Guingamp v LB Chateauroux – Preview


Guingamp are certainly a side who have treated all competitions seriously this season. They could have been forgiven for taking their eye off the ball in the domestic cups, especially considering their European involvement. But a run to the quarter finals of the Coupe de la Ligue has been followed up by swift progress in their defence of the Coupe […]

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Coupe de France Preview: Vendée Luçon Football v LB Chateauroux

National Division side Lucon will be eyeing up a Ligue 2 scalp this weekend when they take on struggling Chateauroux. The team close to the Atlantic coast aren’t known for their excitability and they are actually the lowest-scoring team in the whole division. Nevertheless, they have proven difficult to beat, only losing 4 times in 16 games. Lucon have picked up a whopping […]

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Coupe de France Preview: US Quevilly v US Orléans

The Coupe de France and US Quevilly have a long history and on Saturday they will attempt to add a new chapter as they take on Orléans.  The club that has remained staunchly amateur since its formation in 1902 reached the highest level of non-professional football, the third tier Championnat National, only in 2011. The following season, 2011-2012 saw Quevilly […]

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